Deadline to Apply for the Healy Scholarship is April 28, 2017 by 4:00pm.
In 2009, the East Mountain High School Governing Council began awarding a scholarship for future educators. In 2011, the scholarship was renamed in the memory of Jim L. Healy, EMHS Governing Council member and teacher.
The Jim L. Healy Memorial Scholarship, valued at $1,000, will be granted to a graduating EMHS senior. The applicant for the Scholarship must present:
- an interest in lifelong learning,
- a passion for learning and an interest in furthering your education
- motivation, interest, and passion for education (in any field)
The Scholarship recipient shall be a graduating senior of EMHS, accepted to either a 4-year accredited college or university, or an EMHS student currently enrolled in such a college or university. The beneficiary of the Scholarship may use the Scholarship in support of his/her educational expenses. The Scholarship does not have to be paid back. However, the school encourages the Scholarship recipients to pursue their education in the spirit of EMHS by following their passion for their field and future profession and maintaining a commitment to excellence.
About Jim L. Healy
In 1997, Debbie and Jim Healy were two of the first community members to express their interest in a new high school to be built in the East Mountains. Debbie and Jim believed in being active in this dream and when the school opened its doors in 2000, Debbie was volunteering at EMHS and Jim soon joined the school’s Governing Council. While serving nearly nine years on the Council, Jim was a member of nearly every committee and served as the Council chair for three years.
Both Jake and Alissa Healy graduated from East Mountain High School. Today, Jake holds a Master’s in English from UNM and is working towards a second Master’s in Computer Engineering. He teaches freshmen English at CNM. Alissa is an archeologist with a degree in Anthropology from Northern Arizona University, and is now pursuing a Master’s in Human Geography at UNM. Jake’s wife Carmen also has a Master’s in English from UNM and is an English and Literature teacher at EMHS.
Jim was truly a Renaissance man, one who had a wide range of accomplishments and intellectual interests. He operated a successful business for a number of years, and he loved literature and poetry. But he also had greater passion – he loved kids and he was delighted by the thought of becoming a teacher, especially a teacher at EMHS. So in his fifties, when many retirees are content to play golf and ponder the meaning of life, Jim returned to college to pursue and eventually earn his teaching credentials. He was so excited about teaching and about the kids in his classes at EMHS. He loved his students and he couldn’t stop talking about them and the joy they gave to each other.
Jim’s teaching career was far too short, but he left an indelible mark at EMHS. In memory of Jim L Healy and of his contribution to this fine school, East Mountain High School is proud to establish the Jim L. Healy Memorial Scholarship.
To apply for the scholarship, please return the required form, along with any required essays and letters of recommendation, to the East Mountain High School Student Guidance Center on or before Monday, April 28, 2017. Applicants will also be interviewed by the scholarship selection committee, which will include one EMHS teacher, and members of the Healy family.The recipient of the scholarship will be announced at the 2017 Graduation Ceremony.